Article defending the FCC’s position on Network Neutrality

Here’s a link to a CircleID post defending the FCC’s actions towards repealing Network Neutrality, by Anthony Rutkowski:

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20171121_the_fcc_is_taking_the_right_step/

The article is worth reading, and points out the way Network Neutrality was put into place was an act of folly:

Nonetheless, the unfortunate attempt to assert Title II jurisdiction over “any person engaged in the provision of broadband internet access service” via the February 2015 Order occurred as an exercise in regulatory and technological folly. The definition adopted was simply a string of undefined abstractions: “a mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service.” And, just to add more fuzziness to the boundary, the Commission tossed in “this term also encompasses any service that the Commission finds to be providing a functional equivalent of the service described in the previous sentence, or that is used to evade the protections set forth in this Part.” One is tempted to ask “what the hell are they talking about.” 

 

Time flies

Since my last post, another Towel Day has come and gone. I’ve been enjoying the new Dirk Gently TV series, but will admit to being behind in my viewing. New episodes are taping, and I’ve still not seen the last season’s finale. <it’s next.> Sad times for a Douglas Adams fan, but also happy that… Continue Reading

Happy Towel Day!

It’s on days like this I miss Douglas Adams as well as Ed, the editor of Blawg Review. Both taken from us before their times. Both were hoopy froods. Happy #towelday! See https://t.co/1JpdWcjdti (Blawg Review #213 Towel Day edition) and Blawg Review 42 – https://t.co/W9966z42a9 — Kevin Thompson (@cyberlaw) May 25, 2016 So raise a… Continue Reading

Links of Note – April 22 2016

Here are this week’s links from Twitter (@Cyberlaw): Supreme Court denies cert in Authors Guild v. Google. https://t.co/zrV7sYy7Lk #fatladysings — James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm) April 18, 2016 An analysis of the Burr-Feinstein anti-Encryption bill pending in congress by @iainthomson at The Register – https://t.co/D5ktujGKSw — Kevin Thompson (@cyberlaw) April 14, 2016 Nice article by @gigalaw via… Continue Reading

Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants

Here’s my presentation to the Chicago Bar Association on April 6, 2016 on “Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants.” In my talk, I explained how Section 2(a) works when the mark is considered disparaging of an identifiable group, how it was ruled unconstitutional in the recent en banc decision of the Federal Circuit in… Continue Reading

Google to remove “Revenge Porn” from Search Results

I’m glad to see that Google is removing “Revenge Porn” from its search results. It won’t remove the images from the websites themselves, of course, but it should help to remove some of the angst that victims of this crime suffer. One of my most common calls and inquiries come from people trying to find… Continue Reading